Highland Park 1961 The Dragon
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Lot number: 081-0923
Winning bid: £1,200
Highland Park remains the most northerly whisky distillery in Scotland, although not by much, as it is little more than a stone's throw from fellow Orcadian, Scapa. Accounts of the distillery's genesis vary, and the truth is probably lost to the mists of time, but it is thought that a local farmer named David Robertson founded what we now know as Highland Park distillery in 1798, on the site of an illicit still operated by nefarious smuggler (and former priest) Magnus Eunson.
Since its introduction as a single malt in the late 1970s, the distillery has been awarded many plaudits, not least of which came from the late, great whisky writer Michael Jackson, who called it “the greatest all rounder in the world of whisky”. It's characteristic style coming from the use of Sherry casks, along with an often cited heathery sweetness imparted to the spirit by way of the distinct Orcadian peat used during the malting process.
This private bottling of Highland park called 'The Dragon' comes from a single cask and takes its name from the 12th Century carving by Norse Crusaders in one of Britain's finest prehistoric buildings - the Maes Howe chambered tomb, Orkney, dating from around 3000BC.
Cask Number: 4493
48.1% ABV / 70cl
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